Mike Austin follows up Hemmings Muscle Machines weekly newsletter’s coverage of the late Bill Kolb, Jr’s impressive Ford-centric career. He reminds enthusiasts that he was also involved for a short period of time pushing the Bowtie brand at a Chevrolet dealership - BOWTIE BILL & HIS V-8 VEGA! A week or so ago we posted a tribute to Bill Kolb, Jr., best known for his history with Ford Motor Company, drag racing Fords, building and marketing specialty vehicles, and as dealer-principal of two ...Read More
CHEVY LS: MORE POWER, LESS WEIGHT; EASY TO SWAP!
When GM engineers took the LT-1 to the next stage in 1997 - LS1 - the venerable small-block was lighter, more powerful and showcased in the C-5 Corvette. It signaled the start of a growing portfolio - CHEVY LS: MORE POWER, LESS WEIGHT; EASY TO SWAP! Hemmings’ Daniel Strohl presents a definitive guide to LS-Series V-8s. Just as the original Ed Cole-design Chevrolet small-block V-8 launched an era of American performance upon its introduction in the mid-Fifties, so did the LS-series third...Read More
CHEVY: LS427/570 BIG-BLOCK
Latest CHEVY: LS427/570 BIG-BLOCK LS7 crate motor boasts more of everything, including ease of installation in a variety of vehicles. Chevrolet Performance today announced the all-new LS427/570 crate engine - an enhanced version of the production-based LS7 7.0L engine that offers more horsepower, more torque and, thanks to a simpler wet-sump oiling system, easier installation. A new, high-lift camshaft developed specifically for this engine helps produce a GM-estimated 570 horsepower and 540...Read More
MARK II – CHEVY’S MYSTERIOUS 427!
The real 427 Mystery Motor, unlike the Z11, was not available in a car or to the public. You had to have serious NASCAR cred to get one of the 20 built. In the 1960s, Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen always seemed to be one step ahead of GM Chairman Fred Donner’s missives disallowing factory involvement in racing. While running Pontiac, Knudsen had supported the Super-Duty Group that, after he left, managed to get 421 Catalina Lightweights to drag racers before the axe fell. In 1961 he moved on to Chevro...Read More
’69 CAMARO PRO-TOURING: MAN-MADE LEGEND!
Thanks to our friends at CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE, here's an outstanding Gen I Camaro, powered by an LS3 engine. We started hearing about this beautiful ‘69 Camaro months ago. Keith Sultana, the owner of the car, as well as Man Made Legends in Davidson, North Carolina, invited us over one evening to check it out. Then, it was just a body that was receiving subtle and clean modifications. Keith, and shop foreman Bob Turner, told us they were going to drop an LS3 in it and make a Pro-Touring car...Read More
’17 CAMARO ZL1: CLOCKS 202.3 MPH!
Fastest Camaro ever makes one pass at 202.3 mph and backs it up at 193.3 mph on Germany’s Papenburg proving ground. Average top speed: 198 mph. Chevrolet tested the ZL1 with 10-speed automatic transmission on the high-speed oval at Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg GmBH proving ground. Compensating for wind speed, the top speed is the average achieved from running the ZL1 in both directions on the 7.6-mile loop - 202.3 mph in one direction and 193.3 mph in the other direction! Testing w...Read More
’65 CHEVELLE FLASHBACK: STOCKER STREET EAST!
Back in the day, Norman Mayersohn was a hands-on drag-racing editor at Car Craft magazine. Since then he’s gotten a haircut and has held positions as Auto Editor, Popular Mechanics magazine and Deputy Auto Editor, The New York Times. And, he's been a friend for decades. He reminisces about winning races and setting national records in his ’65 Chevelle Super/Stock. Norman, top, with record-setting crapbox Chevelle sedan at the 1974 SPORTSnationals and, above, left, with CarGuyChronicles edi...Read More
’16 CAMARO RAGTOP: LET THE SUN SHINE IN!
Chevy’s all-new ‘16 Camaro convertible features the segment’s most advanced top plus 455 horsepower in SS trim. “The 2016 Camaro coupe will set the benchmark for the segment in terms of technology, performance and design,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “Adding the most sophisticated top in the segment brings another level of refinement – and driving enjoyment – to the Camaro convertible. It is the only convertible in the segment to offer all of the following: Fully ...Read More
MARK IV: THE BIG-BLOCK THAT ROARED!
A guide to the engine that made Chevrolet The Number One Team. Between 1965 and 1976, Chevrolet’s iconic big-block distinguished itself in all forms of racing, and on the street in Corvettes, Camaros, Chevelles, Novas and full-size Chevys. Big-blocks started out with cast-iron blocks and heads, progressed to cast-iron block with aluminum heads (L-88) and peaked with aluminum block and heads (ZL-1). L-88 aluminum-head 427 engine, top, in '68 Baldwin-Motion Camaro. Joel Rosen, left, tun...Read More
TRACK ATTACK: ’16 CORVETTE Z06 C7.R!
Latest special edition Corvette is a road-going, track-capable homage to the Corvette Racing C7.R racecars. Only 500 examples of the C7.R Edition, in Corvette Racing’s signature yellow livery – or black – with coordinated exterior and interior accents, will be built when they go on sale later this year. All will include the Z07 Performance Package with carbon ceramic brakes, as well as a specially serialized vehicle identification number. The Z07 Performance Package includes Brembo carbon...Read More